Father, I ask that by Your Holy Spirit, by the power of Your Word, I would learn the wisdom of discernment and good judgment.

Teach me to focus on judging myself and my own behaviour, first and foremost, taking the log out of my own eye before looking for faults in others (Matt.7:3-5). I understand that if I judge my own behaviour, and take responsibility for my own errors, correcting them as I go, confessing/repenting, etc., then I will not require discipline and judgment from You (1 Cor.11:31). That is what I want to be able to do. Gift me with that ability, Lord.

I thank-You, Holy Father, that I have Your Word (John 12:48,49) by which to measure good/evil, right/wrong, your standards for morality, relationships, etc. I commit to spending more time in Your Word, so I will mature (Heb.5:12-14), no longer drinking only milk, but chewing solid spiritual food (Your Word), becoming increasingly able to apply/walk in it, and avoid being influenced and deceived by false doctrine, and wrong behaviours, etc.

I want to have Your Mind, Yeshua, so I may discern all things, (1 Cor.2:14-16) including relationship boundaries, work, personal, social. I want to be able to put the Scriptures to work for myself and bring fruit to the Kingdom from doing so. Make me able to judge the behaviour/actions of the world, in order to rule out those things which I should have nothing to do with, for “God’s judgment comes on the children of disobedience. Therefore I do not want to be partners with them. For once I  was in darkness, but now in union with You, Lord, I

May we WALK as children of LIGHT

become light. I want to walk as a child of light (for the fruit of light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to You, Lord. I want to take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph.5:6-11).

Grant me discernment to judge behaviours/actions, but not individuals, for You alone can judge all people. Yes, and forgive me for my judgments against others; for my readiness to “take the speck out of someone else’s eye, whilst harbouring a log in my own” (Matt.7:3-5).

Keep me away from those who are perverse, who incite strife and division, causing destruction wherever they go; from those who gossip and slander; those who are evil, even violent, angry people who would lead me down a wrong pathway (Prov.16:28-30). Increase my discernment that I will pick up on nonverbals/body language that indicates an individual’s evil intentions, motives, or desires. Make me to avoid such persons. Enable me to stand up when/where necessary. Grant me the discernment needed to deal with difficult people.

Give me Your Heart, to see, hear, and respond to others out of Your Heart of Love/Compassion,  leaving the judgment of the person to You. I surrender all tendencies to judge, condemn, or lash out at others; but I ask for the discernment needed to know when to either avoid, or to stand up to those who would tempt, deceive, attempting to trap, entice, and lead me astray in some way.  Give me the mind of Christ, and

Make us to take the log out of our own eye before fault finding in others . . . .

override my flesh, that I will have no desire to partake of those things which are not sanctioned by You. Let me use good judgment, by Your Spirit’s leading that I will not keep the wrong company and become tainted by their immoral behaviours, or influenced in any way by their lifestyles.

Give me the grace to be patient, and nonjudgmental with my fellow human beings, while bringing my own thoughts into captivity unto the obedience of Your Word, Yeshua (2 Cor.10:6), that I might have the mind of Christ (1 Cor.2:16), and also that I will work at getting the logs out of my own eyes (Matt.7:3-5), instead of finding fault with others. In Jesus/Yeshua’s Holy Name. Amen.

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